Indianapolis – A week and a half ago, Mark Green called up his energy Videotape a message that was listening for vaccinations urging Against COVID-19.
Green and his immediate family had decided against getting the vaccine, despite their doctor’s insistence. When he caught COVID-19 and was later hospitalized, Green felt it was important to urge others to get the vaccine.
When he shared his story with IndyStar, a part of the USA Today Network, on September 24, the 58-year-old from New Palestine was sitting in a room in the critical care unit. Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, attached to a device that delivers oxygen to his lungs. Pausing repeatedly to catch his breath, Greene said the vaccine has come down to politics and urged everyone to take it for the sake of their health.
At that point, after 11 days in his hospital, Greene was seen sitting by his side, managing to joke and smile at his wife, Amy.
In earlier months, Green and his wife, Amy, contemplated whether to get vaccinated. Green was concerned that because the vaccine was so new, unknown side effects could crop up years down the road. He said it was unfortunate that most of the debate had turned against the Republican vaccine and the Democrats were for it.
Her doctor, Robert Kleinstever, whom she had seen for a lung condition, urged her to get the vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration in August. Green was still staggering when he fell ill about a month ago.
“I didn’t get the vaccine myself because I was scared, unknown, what would happen two or three years down the road,” Green told IndieStar. “Once I got sick, I realized, it doesn’t matter what happens down the road. It matters what happens now.”
Earlier during his hospital stay, Green told Kleinstever that he wanted to be a convert to the vaccine. On September 24, he summoned his energy and looked into the video camera of IndieStar photographer Michelle Pemberton.
“Go get vaccinated,” he said. “You don’t have to weigh in the here and now or maybe never.”
COVID-19 has killed more than 15,340 Indiana residents since the pandemic began in March 2020 over 700,000 people across the country.
An auto parts manager, Green lived in New Palestine, Indiana, and was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, according to his obituary. He loved walking in the garden, listening to music, playing with his 11 grandchildren, and vacationing on the beach. Before falling ill, he was taking care of his 88-year-old mother, who herself had battled COVID-19.
On the way his wife, five children, 11 grandchildren and mother survived. As grim as the video is, it’s a heartfelt reminder for anyone watching that people who don’t get vaccinated against COVID-19 could be seriously ill or dead.
“The vaccine is what makes you healthy,” Green told IndieStar. “You get the vaccine, it will make you healthy, keep you healthy and won’t let that happen to you.”
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